The girls in Katerina Plotnikova’s photographs are imbued with a certain mystical quality, appearing as long-haired nymphs with creatures of the woodlands. One stares into the camera, clasping a young fox to her. Another, dressed in a satin gown, shakes the paw of a bear. Myth and fairytale coalesce through Plotnikova’s lens.
Eloy Morales is a Spanish hyperrealist artist. Each self portrait is an introspective exploration of the artist himself, who says that “I try to show my inner world in my work…My ambition is to continue to dedicate my life to paint every day.” He takes approximately a month to complete each work, in a detached studio away from his house where he paints alone, absorbed in the process.
Elspeth Diederix (b. 1971, Nairobi, Kenya) - 1: Flameflower, 2009 2: Hand, 2009 3: Dress 4: AMC Commission, 2000 Photography
Amazing Aluminum Human Wire Sculptures
Korean artist Seung Mo Park created these incredible human figure sculptures using tightly wrapped layers of aluminum wire based on fiberglass forms. The works shown here are part of the Brooklyn-based artist’s Human series where he recreates the delicate wrinkles and folds of clothing as well as the sinuous musculature of the human body in metallic layers reminiscent of tree rings. He’s also sculpted bicycles, musical instruments and other forms as part of his Object series.
by Shan Jiang
Joseph Plateau invented the phenakistoscope a century and a half ago- a device comprised of a spinning disk that produced “animations” in a mirror. A maid transforms into an ogre-like crone; a series of frogs hop endlessly in a circle.
How it works, courtesy of Juxtapoz: “The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.”